Embedded systems design (2011/2012)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Franco Fummi
Franco Fummi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2012 al Jun 15, 2012.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Laboratory Gamma  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall I  

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is the presentation of some design automation techniques for embedded systems covering the entire design flow through modeling, verification, synthesis and testing. The most important design languages are introduced such as the most advanced EDA tools.


Introduction to embedded systems.

Embedded systems modeling.

Embedded systems design alternatives.

System-level design.

Transactional Level Modeling (TLM) by using SystemC.

Assertion-based verification.

Platform-based design.

Embedded software design.

HW/SW/NET co-simulation.

Register transfer level (RTL) hardware description languages (VHDL/SystemC).

Automatic synthesis from RTL designs.

The problem of testing.

The problem of dependability.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Daniel D. Gajski Embedded system design: modeling, synthesis and verification Springer 2009 978-1-4419-0504-8
Gary D.Hachtel, Fabio Somenzi Logic Synthesis and Verification Algorithms (Edizione 1) Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996 0792397460
Franco Fummi, Mariagiovanna Sami, Cristina Silvano Progettazione Digitale (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2007 8838663521
William Fornaciari, Carlo Brandolese Sistemi Embedded - sviluppo hardware e software per sistemi dedicati (Edizione 1) Pearson Education Italia 2007 9788871923420

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination and laboratory activity.

Teaching aids